Beach Nourishment

April 1, 2016 Update

At a special meeting held March 17, the Dare County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the Town of Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills, accepted the bid, totaling $38,520,850, from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for the beach nourishment project that encompasses the three municipalities.   Yet to be completed include:  obtaining approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission, which is expected sometime in May 2016;  receiving a biological opinion from National Marine Fisheries; and, an agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  Once these and final financing steps are taken, work is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2017 in the Town of Duck, progressing south to Kill Devil Hills’ beaches between the months of August and October 2017.

In Kill Devil Hills, the beach nourishment project will cover almost 2.6 miles of beach, beginning at the Town’s northern border with Kitty Hawk, south to Prospect Avenue, depositing approximately 900,000 cubic yards of sand.  

This is a preliminary schedule and may change based on weather. 

The beach nourishment project is funded in part by Dare County’s Beach Nourishment Fund, which is sourced by a 2% portion of the occupancy tax collected by Dare County.   Additionally, each town is also funding part of its project through ad valorem tax revenue generated by a special Municipal Service District.

The proposed Buxton Beach Nourishment Project will span approximately 2.5 miles of beachfront in Buxton  This project is currently awaiting a call for bids expected in April 2016.  Construction is expected to begin in early summer of 2016 if bids come within budget and the contractor's proposed construction period is viable.  To help fund the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with establishing a County Service District to include all oceanfront properties along the project area. 

March 17, 2016 Update 

At a special meeting this morning the Dare County Board of Commissioners accepted the based bid submitted by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for the multi-jurisdictional beach nourishment project, which includes beaches within the Town of Kill Devil Hills. 

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company submitted a base bid in the amount of $38,596,850.  This bid is approximately $4.9 million under budget with work scheduled to begin in April 2017.

The Special Called Meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners held Thursday morning, March 17, 2016 at 8:30 am to discuss the bids for the northern beaches nourishment project will be broadcast on the Government Channel (Channel 191) on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.


Contact the Planning Department

Planning Director: Greg Loy
- Greg is the project coordinator for the Town and can help with update information, as well as technical issues on which you may have questions.  

Planning & Inspections Department
102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Contact the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners encourages the review of all beach nourishment project material, and desires public feedback on the project, the notifications you are receiving, and the informational materials we are providing you through this website.

Email the Board of Commissioners

Email the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board of Commissioners

Written comments or statements, questions, etc., may also be mailed to the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board and appropriate Staff members: 

Town Clerk
P.O. Box 1719
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27949